* With Academic Tours, explore the joys of Malta this winter for hundreds less than airfare alone would ordinarily cost. The seven-night deal includes round-trip air from Dulles via London (air typically ranges from $800 to $1,100), a double room in one of six hotels, and daily breakfast; prices are $649 for three-star accommodations, $699 for four-star. For lodging, travelers can pick the property; among the best is the Golden Tulip Vivaldi (nightly rates from $100), which sits on the bay. Travel by March 31, excluding Dec. 15-31. About $85 in taxes extra. 800-875-9171, www.academictours.com.

* For travelers suffering from post-holiday blues and bankruptcy, Liberty Travels is knocking up to 35 percent off peak-season Caribbean packages -- but there's no time to deliberate. The deal, which you must book by tomorrow, covers more than 27 islands and 175-plus properties, and includes round-trip air from BWI and double accommodations (length of stay varies). Prices range from the mid-$400s to more than a grand. A sampling: For $745, spend three nights at Puerto Rico's Westin Rio Mar (total savings: about $555); or head to Aruba for five nights at the all-inclusive Tamarijn for $1,045. On the low end is five nights in Jamaica for $449; on the high end, St. John's Westin from $1,349. Travel Dec. 13-April 15. Up to $118 in airport taxes extra. 888-271-1586, www.libertytravel.com.

-- Andrea Sachs